Budget 2018: Like TB patients, psychiatrists demand monetary aid for patients with mental illness

On Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech announced about allocation of Rs 600 Crore nutritional support to TB patients in the country. As per experts, similar provisions should be made for patients suffering from mental illnesses

Budget 2018: Like TB patients, psychiatrists demand monetary aid for patients with mental illnessTuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs and weakens the immune system. Today, Rs 600 Crore nutritional support to TB patients in the country was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech. Similarly, the experts too demanded provision for patients suffering with mental illness. Dr Sagar Mundada, psychiatrist […]

Depression: ‘I didn’t want to be alive’, says Michael Phelps

Clinical depression is the more-severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. Swimming great Michael Phelps, who won 28 Olympic medals throughout his career, opened up about his battle with clinical depression at a mental health conference in Chicago

Depression: ‘I didn’t want to be alive’, says Michael PhelpsClinical depression is not just grief or feeling sad. It is an illness that can challenge your ability to perform even routine daily activities. At its worst, depression may lead you to contemplate, attempt, or commit suicide. Depression represents a burden for both you and your family. Sometimes that burden can seem overwhelming. After Bollywood celebrities like Deepika […]

World Disability Day: Special Olympics medallist Gauri Gadgil receives National award

The National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities are handed out by the Divya Sanjan, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Health. The awards are given in the categories of research institutes, outstanding staff, and research institutes working for luminaries. The International Day of Disabled Persons will be marked on December 03, 2017

World Disability Day: Special Olympics medallist Gauri Gadgil receives National awardThe Government of India declared National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities today. In total, Maharashtra received 5 awards in different categories. The distribution of these awards will be done by the President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on December 3, which is marked as World Disability Day. The awards are handed out […]

What links bipolar disorder and lying?

A national survey in the US found that over half of the people with the condition had experienced addiction to drugs or alcohol at some time. Addiction may fuel a tendency to lie

What links bipolar disorder and lying?Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by cycles of mania and depression. Apart from mood swings, a person with this condition may display a range of other unusual behaviors. People with bipolar disorder and their loved ones sometimes report that the condition entails a greater tendency to tell lies. While lying is not a […]

ICMR releases guidelines on Biomedical and Health Research for adults and children  

The National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Children have been developed specifically to address ethical issues of conducting research in children. Benefit of research carried out in adults cannot be applied to children, as the doses and duration of therapy, pharmacodynamics, adverse effects of drugs in children vary from adults

ICMR releases guidelines on Biomedical and Health Research for adults and children  The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released two national guidelines, which would specifically help in understanding the complexities of ethical issues around research involving human participants (adults and children). These guidelines aim to protect and safeguard the interests of individuals, communities and society as a whole. The ‘National Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research […]

On this World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s treat dementia

In various countries of the world, September 21 is observed as the World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, the theme for this day is ‘Remember Me’. Dementia is a disease that commonly affects the elderly. Here in this article, we look at where we have reached so far in terms of its treatment

On this World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s treat dementia“We didn’t realise it was a major illness unless we started noticing behavioural changes in my mother about a year ago. She was just becoming very reclusive. Something like, “You are not giving me food” she would say, exactly 10 minutes after eating. She started getting very violent. My dad, on the other hand, had […]

The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fiction

One in 100 people is affected by schizophrenia during their life, but 45% of those surveyed thought the illness was much more common. Half mistakenly thought the illness was defined by a split personality and a quarter believed it definitely led to violent behaviour. But the reality is very different, a new campaign by Rethink Schizophrenia campaign claims

The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fictionSchizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent, a mental health charity has warned. Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it […]

Depression not just a mental illness, says study

Those suffering from depression have commonly reported both insomnia and oversleeping, along with chronic fatigue and decreased appetite for both food and sex

Depression not just a mental illness, says studyFor those living with it, depression can be all-consuming. It casts a haze over work, relationships, and everyday social interactions, affecting every aspect of a person’s life. People often think depression solely affects the mind because it’s classified as a mental disorder. A new study has shown, however, that depression is more like a systemic […]

Confused and disoriented? It could be a mental disorder?

Confusional psychosis, is a condition that is often caused due to severe head injury or high emotional stress. Severe stress or disappointment is often the reason for this condition. In this condition, the person is often disoriented with realities like place, time and people

Confused and disoriented? It could be a mental disorder?A week ago, the country was proudly talking about a 16-year-old boy named Harshit Sharma from Chandigarh. This was about his induction in Google for the job of graphic designing with a salary of whopping 1.44 crore annually. It was shortly realised that the whole episode was hoax and that there was no truth to […]

Equal respect to the mentally ill, a reality in the state soon

Human rights are equal for all and should be kept that way. On the occasion of Erwadi Day in Pune, the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) put forth the fact that basic human rights should be granted to everyone, even those with a mental illness

Equal respect to the mentally ill, a reality in the state soonThe basic idea of human rights is the fact that they are not excusable; therefore these are rights that are granted by virtue of being ‘human’. On the occasion of Erwadi Day in Pune, the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) put forth the fact that basic human rights should be granted to everyone, even those with […]